Uber Has a New Way for Businesses to Schedule Rides for Clients

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It's built on top of Uber for Business, a version of the ride-hailing platform that has been built for use by companies rather than individuals.

Uber for Business is used by 65,000 organisations worldwide, including Goldman Sachs and Dell. This shifts the focus away from standard business travel toward giving a company whatever it needs for the first and last mile, something that Uber has been dedicated to providing.

This will allow them to manage their transport logistics and provide Uber-based transportation for employees or customers.

Uber is expanding its portfolio with a more streamlined route for companies to schedule on-demand rides for clients, guests, and customers.

The company said that customers who avail rides using Central will not need a Uber account or the app as the host organisation will be able to handle everything.

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The service was released after a successful pilot period where over 8000 companies participated.

Organizations using Uber Central will also get digital billing, reporting and management tools to manage operations. Those same settings trickle down to Uber Central, too, so that console operators are restricted to only the settings administrators allow. Instead of being limited to ordering one vehicle for the device, Uber Central allows a single user act as a dispatcher and order multiple cars with different pickup and dropoff locations. In other examples, a high-end restaurant or luxury retail shop can offer rides via Central as a differentiating perk to its customers. "By Using Uber Central, organisations can now provide on-demand rides to anyone from a central dashboard, even if the traveller does not have a smartphone", said Arjun Nohwar, head Asia-Pacific, Uber for Business. Many seniors or persons with disabilities-such as Parkinson's disease-end up confined to their home or need to rely on friends and family for transportation.

More than 65,000 companies now use Uber for Business, which had been focused on shuttling employees to and from meetings through a similar dashboard.

For more information on Uber Central, go here.

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